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  • Resurrection
  • Sissy
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  • The Immaculate Room

    ★★★

  • Bug

    ★★★½

  • X

    ★★★★

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    ★★★½

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  • Sissy

    Sissy

    ★★★★

    "It was an accident."

    Sissy analyzes the cross section of influencer culture, bullying, and childhood trauma via an empathetic, often bleakly hilarious lens. Writer-directors Kane Senes and Hannah Barlow (who also plays Emma) infuse into this cocktail a healthy dose of gnarly practical FX, and a sense of kinetic dread throughout.

    Their vision is solidified by a wonderfully game ensemble, headed by a fucking stellar Aisha Dee (Cecilia), who gives one of my favorite performances of 2022.

    Will definitely be rewatching.

    Lists

    Queer Vibes
    Violence in Women
    No. 1 on Creations by Shudder
    No. 3 on Horror of 2022

  • X

    X

    ★★★★

    "The fact of the truth of the matter is, we turn folks on. And that scares 'em."

    Uncanny TCM vibes. A wet, synth score with tasty needle drops. Televangelist narrative device. Bloody red filter. Cornering the "home video market" with friend group porn. Sundowning hosts of your "civil war soldier" boarding house.

    I'm a slut for a high angle and a period piece. This was clever, nasty, witty. Immediately charmed, excited to rewatch for further analysis of the meta, and just to catch more weird vibes.

    Lists:
    Violence in Women
    No. 4 on Horror of 2022

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  • The Immaculate Room

    The Immaculate Room

    ★★★

    "I'm gonna take a treat."

    Didn't realize that Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment owns Screen Media, found that out thanks to production titles in the opening credits, where I was like oh is this gonna be extremely moralistic?

    It is. It's hard to tell what the exact tone is going for, as a lot of Kate (Kate Bosworth) & Michael's (Emile Hirsch) time in The Immaculate Room is shaded with some sadism. Like the title, though, and the décor, it's…

  • Bug

    Bug

    ★★★½

    "Well, it's real itty-bitty!"

    I was either living near a then still opened Hastings or working at a rental store around when this would have come out on DVD, and it's right in my wheelhouse, so I'm surprised I'd not ever seen it. Like I have this distinct memory of tidying up the new release wall and Ashley Judd's face on the cover.

    Anyone into single location, small cast, horror will dig this. Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon excellently balance…

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  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    A gorgeously hyper-violent psychological exploration of one of the most dynamic characters I've ever seen featured on screen. Choi Min-sik's command of facial expressions and body language is just bonkers brilliant. To say his ability to shift from bumbling drunk buffoon in this film's introductory expositional sequences (some of the funniest moments in any film, comedy or not, Choi Min-sik does an incredibly believable drunk) to a hollowed out former prisoner, struggling with his solitary confinement induced monstrosities, while simultaneously…

  • Dead Asleep

    Dead Asleep

    A lot of victim blaming, even from the state prosecutors. Always a good look. Also I'm really not seeing this whole Herman was "very small" & "boyish" angle. First of all, not relevant, really don't care. Secondly, no. Like I'm sorry. Herman also at one point dead ass said "I could have ran" and that's super chilling.

    Also super apparent that Brooke's family did not want to be involved so I love how Sky Borgman just goes ahead and uses footage…